And so it begins. Now that the all the decorations have been put away into the attic and holiday season is firmly in the rearview, so ends a relatively dead period in the local concert calendar. As the days grow longer and the temperatures begin to climb, big shows and even bigger acts will hit local stages in the weeks and months ahead.
That includes any of the upcoming concerts and performances that were recently announced, many of which boast blockbuster talents from the realms of rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, and other genres. Also in the mix is Country Thunder, one of the springtime's biggest outdoor concert festivals, which takes place outside of Florence and draws thousands of cowpokes from the Valley.
Balance and Composure: With The Jealous Sound, & Daylight, Saturday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., $12. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.
Clyde Carson: Friday, Feb. 22, 10 p.m., $15/$20. Rocky Point Cantina, 1001 E. 8th St., Tempe, 480-968-7879.
Country Thunder 2013: Thursday, April 11, 4 p.m.; Friday, April 12, 1 p.m.; Saturday, April 13, 1 p.m.; Sunday, April 14, 1 p.m., $140 for a four-day pass. Canyon Moon Ranch Grounds, 20585 E. Price Road, Florence, 520-868-9711.
Darwin Deez: With Caged Animals, & Bogan Via, Sunday, March 10, 8 p.m., $10/$12. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602-265-4842.
Every Time I Die: With The Acacia Strain, Vanna, Hundredth, & No Bragging Rights, Monday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m., $17/$20. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.
For Today: With Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive, Upon A Burning Body, & Gideon, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m., $20. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.
Hot Buttered Rum: Saturday, March 2, 8:30 p.m., $12/$14. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222.
Man Overboard: With The Story So Far, Citizen, & The American Scene, & Anarbor, Tuesday, March 12, 6 p.m., $15. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.
Nonpoint: With Candlelight Red, Sunday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m., $12/$15. Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, 480-945-4985.
Poi Dog Pondering: Saturday, Feb. 16, 8:30 p.m., $15/$17. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222.
Sander van Doorn: With Sean Essex, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 9 p.m., $10-$20. Wild Knight, 4405 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, 480-213-9500.
Schematic: With Rekapse, Asker, & Treehouse, Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., $10/$12. Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, 480-945-4985.
Tremonti: Sunday, March 3, 8 p.m., $20/$25. Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, 480-945-4985.
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Gloria Trevi: Saturday, March 16, 8:30 p.m., $35-$85. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.
Wallpaper: With Bro Con Chill, Sunday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m., $15. Martini Ranch, 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480-970-0500.
Y&T: Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m., $15/$20. Club Red, 2155 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480-966-4733.